MESA Program Director

College of Marin
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 27, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance
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Employment Type
Full Time

MESA Program Director

Salary: See Position Description
Closing Date:
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Kentfield - In Person, CA


Open Until Filled

All application materials must be received by the Priority Screening Date in order to be considered during the initial screening. Applications received after this date may be considered thereafter at the discretion of the College until the position is filled. This position performs its duties on both the Kentfield and Indian Valley (Novato) campuses, so if not already residing within the Bay Area, the successful candidate must be willing to relocate.

Applicants should be prepared that, if selected to interview for a position at the College, interviews may be held in person or remotely, depending on the District's needs. Diversity Statement:
College of Marin strives to embrace diversity in all forms: it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment and demonstrates sensitivity to and respect for a diverse population.

COM serves a county population of approximately 250,000 residents. Based on 2020-2021 academic year credit enrollment data, the diversity of students at the college includes greater representation than the county with regards to enrollment by Hispanic/Latino (30% of enrollment), Asian (7%), Black/African American (3%), and Multi-racial (6%) students.

College of Marin does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, or perception of, race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, family and medical care leave, military or veteran status, or prior record of arrest or conviction, and is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Civil Rights Act of 1991, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In accordance with Executive order 11246 (as amended), the College of Marin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

General Purpose:
Under the general direction of the Dean of Math, Science and Business or assigned administrator, the MESA Program Director helps underserved and underrepresented students majoring in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields who seek to transfer to a four-year institution. The position coordinates and implements the MESA program with existing support programs and develops partnerships with four-year colleges and universities. The MESA Program Director provides a vision and implements plans for student development, leadership, and curricular excellence; creates a coordinated program of activities and events to meet the needs of the current and future diverse student population. This position is a partially grant funded position.

Nature of Scope:
The MESA Program Director is responsible for strategic planning and daily management of the MESA program, including planning, developing, implementing and coordinating program objectives in compliance with Title III and internal policies and procedures, overseeing grant activities following defined action plan, tracking funds, and submitting periodic reports to the California Community College Chancellors Office (CCCCO). The MESA Program Director performs a variety of professional, administrative, and programmatic work in support of assigned programs including serving as a liaison to district staff, community partners, and outside agencies.

Essential Functions

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.
  • Plan, develop, and implement MESA program goals, objectives, polices and priorities, oversee the daily operations of the MESA center and ensure a student-centered and inclusive environment.
  • Monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommend and administer program policies, procedures and services; recommend appropriate service and staffing.
  • Direct and ensure the reporting, updating, and maintenance of student records, files, and reports regarding academic progress, contractual agreements, and program requirements.
  • Consult with faculty, staff, and administrators to assist in improved delivery of services to students, promote an understanding of MESA services, and to build a program of academic rigor.
  • Develop, schedule, and coordinate student orientation, tutoring, and study programs, including Academic Excellence Workshops, career advising, and leadership training; recruit and schedule guest speakers.
  • Establish, maintain, and promote a MESA student club or similar organization to create connections with groups that serve underrepresented students in math, engineering, and science.
  • Coordinate with counselor, faculty chair/coordinators, Dean and other department faculty to cluster students into the same mathematics, engineering, and science classes as well as labs, workshops, and discussion groups.
  • Recruit students from campus and high schools, especially planning recruitment events at low- performing high schools; track success of outreach efforts and provide strategic planning for growth and improvement of outreach.
  • Establish and maintain communication with four-year institutions to encourage the formation of a pipeline and pathway for student transfer; develop, schedule, and coordinate informational sessions and workshops related to the transfer process and continued academic success.
  • Establish a local business and industry council that includes small and large business industry leaders and potentially local/state representatives in the college service area; work with local businesses and industry to provide opportunities such as internships, job shadowing, field trips, and exposure to the industry environment
  • Create a campus-wide council that includes the faculty sponsors, students, and representatives from relevant departments/programs that can contribute to the success of MESA students; solicit feedback and plan for future semesters or renewal process.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of trends in the MESA program and represent the college to attend annual statewide meetings and other staff development activities related to the MESA program.
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the program budgets; ensure program expenditures and cost estimates are adequately documented and monitored throughout the program area; review and approve program expenditures; and implement adjustments.
  • Prepare and present program outcome reports to Executive Leadership, Cabinet, Board of Trustee and constituency groups, community stakeholders, and California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO).
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate the performance of staff assigned to the grant. Participant in the hiring process, train, counsel, and discipline personnel according to established policies and procedures.
  • Foster an environment that embraces equity-minded practices, integrity, trust, and respect. Support, implement and promote compliance with the District's Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and education; increase cultural and ethnic diversity in staffing, curriculum, programs and services.
  • Plan and recommend resource allocations that support instructional and student support programs including staffing, technology, facilities, and fiscal accountability. Design and recommend student and other services and activities that comply with and foster advancement of Equal Opportunity policies and procedures.
  • In conjunction with senior administrators, faculty chairs/coordinators, and staff plan for short- and long- range staffing needs for the department including facilities event support. Design and recommend equity- minded services, training, and other activities that foster advancement of Equal Opportunity policies and procedures.
  • Engage in participatory governance and be involved with institutional activities such as program review and strategic planning. Recommend processes and implement technology to improve the District's delivery of curriculum, programs and services.
  • Initiate, direct, design, and conduct applied research and program/service evaluation projects that support the District's decision-making, program planning and review processes, institutional effectiveness, professional development, and grants development.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

  • Requirements & Desirables

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in mathematics, science, engineering, or a related field; or equivalent.
  • At least one year of formal training, internship or leadership experience related to the administrative assignment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity-minded practices in support of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students we serve and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.

  • Master's Degree preferred.
  • Two years of experience in postsecondary instruction or counseling/student support services in a college environment.
  • Two years of experience managing postsecondary and/or grant programs.
  • Experience working directly with underrepresented or disproportionately-impacted student populations.
  • Successful work experience relevant to oversight of a STEM Center, learning assistance program, and/or Equity programs and services.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English ability, both written and oral.


    Knowledge of:
  • Community demographics including the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged students, age appropriate career development, and community resources.
  • Culturally responsive, research-based pedagogical and student services strategies to enhance student learning and improve student retention.
  • Performance indicators for measuring individual and project success.
  • Collect and compile data and prepare status reports.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, design, and evaluation of programs.
  • Budget administration and control.
  • Principles of functional leadership, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Culturally responsive interpersonal and communication skills for organizational effectiveness and team building.
  • Formal presentation skills to diverse audiences.
  • Preparation of professional reports and correspondence.
  • Principles of student recruitment, retention, and orientation programs.
  • Recordkeeping techniques.

  • Skills and Abilities to:
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of assigned staff.
  • Develop and implement grant objectives.
  • Prepare comprehensive summaries, reports, and detailed program evaluations.
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Work effectively with diverse students, faculty, staff, administrators and community groups.
  • Conduct and facilitate meetings effectively

    Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
  • In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance.
  • California Education Code, Section 87408.6 requires persons employed by a community college in an academic or classified position to submit to a TB risk assessment developed by CDPH and CTCA and, if risk factors are present, an examination to determine that he or she is free of infectious TB; initially upon hire and every four years thereafter.
  • DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: All Marin Community College District (MCCD) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the MCCD requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. For more information, please see the MCCD Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Marin Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.


    The following documents must be attached to your application in order to render it complete. Use the Attachment Type indicated in parentheses when making your attachments.
  • Cover Letter (cover letter)
  • Resume (resume)
  • Transcript conferring Bachelor's degree or showing whatever coursework you have completed and are using as the basis for your application as described in Requirement #1, above. (transcript)
  • STATEMENT: Please provide a response to the following prompt (one page maximum): College of Marin's commitment to educational excellence is rooted in providing equitable opportunities and fostering success for all members of our diverse community. Practices and outcomes related to diversity and inclusion are vital measures of institutional excellence. How have you approached understanding the point of view of colleagues from diverse backgrounds? How would you contribute to College of Marin's effort of enhancing diversity in a meaningful way?

  • Supplemental & Salary Information

    The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Physical Demands:

    While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to talk or hear, in person, via video conferencing, and by telephone; sit, walk and stand; use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and perform repetitive movements of hands or wrists. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

    Mental Demands:

    While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and interpret situations; use math and mathematical reasoning; observe and interpret people and situations; learn and apply new information and skills; perform highly detailed work; work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; work under intensive deadlines.


    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Employees work under typical office conditions subject to frequent public contact and interruption and to intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion.
  • The employee may be required to travel to locations other than assigned work site.

    The MESA Program Director is a Classified administrative position, in compliance with all applicable sections of the California Education Code and related statutes. Classified adminstrative employees are also members of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), to which the member contributes up to 8% their reportable compensation on a monthly basis.

    FLSA Status: Exempt
    Salary Grade: Management Level 2
    Full Salary Range: $106,368 - 134,832 annually.
    Starting Salary Range: $106,368 to $113,784 annually (Step 1 to Step 3). Background and experience will determine placement. Normal entering step is Step 1.

    Please refer to the Management Salary Schedule on our Human Resources web site for detailed information.

    Applications must include the documents listed in the Required Documents section to be rendered complete; incomplete applications will not be accepted. Screening will begin after the priority screening date. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment with the screening committee; however, applicants will be notified of their status, either way, following the screening. Candidates forwarded by the committee following the first interview may be invited for a second interview. Regrettably, College of Marin is not able to offer reimbursement for travel to interviews at this time.

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